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Posted by Massimoinbrooklyn on 05/04/2008
You have to be a bit adventurous even to consider an Italian-Japanese fusion, but I'm Italian, and I like Japanese creations, so I gave it a try. I was not disappointed. The spaghetti with sea urchin sauce were delicious, and with a friend we tried different appetizers, all inventive, all good. And the pasta was really al dente.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/14/2008
There is a reason why Japanese food and Italian food are two separate cuisines - they simply do not go together. Just a very weird combination of foods on the menu and the food was adequate at best. NOTE to readers - might want to eat a snack before you come because the portions are tiny - will leave hungry.... Thankfully, I was in good company and we could all laugh about how awful the experience was afterwards.
Posted by 5star08 on 02/22/2008
I went to this restaurant last night and was not sure what to expect. It was absolutely delicious, I recommend this place definitely. Italian food done by Japanes chefs, amazing taste, presentation and portions were great.
Posted by Noga Rosenthal on 02/10/2008
An italian/japanese fusion restuarant with about 30 seats. It is now hard to walk in and get a seat. The pasta is light. They also do take out.
Posted by P&D on 12/10/2007
Our holiday dinner was held here and we loved it. The colorful japanese art work surrounding the walls of the restaurant depicts various animals like a lion, monkey, dog, unicorn and even a big ole elephant with a snake. The place is not an authentic italian restaurant but a japanese/italian type fusion where italian dishes are interpreted through japanese type ingredients and preparation. The dining area is a bit tight and not very spacious (feels like being in Japan...ha!) but the food makes up for the cramp quarters. For starters, we tried the duck breast salad and it was very yummy with thin slices of duck breast placed around the plate with a bed a greens in the middle. For our entries we shared a spaghetti dish topped off with prosciutto and some greens. The best part of the dish was the preparation involving the cheese wheel. Let me explain. In the restaurant, there's a cheese wheel that is split in half and carved out in the middle. In order to prepare the dish, the heated spaghetti is dipped into the cheese wheel and sloshed around inside the pit for that added cheese flavor. The spaghetti was al dente with just the right amount of prosciutto placed in the dish. Our next dish was a grilled piece of pork. The pork was succulent without much flavoring added but cooked in a way where it wasn't bland. Finally, desserts were served. I ordered a chocolate molten cake which was a bit on the smallish side but it was served with a small scoop of ice cream. I also tried a bit of the tiramisu which was bigger in size and very sweet and tasty like my friend who ordered it. The highlight of the night was a chorus of singing waiters/waitresses serenading a customer to the tune of "Happy Berthsdays" which was quite amusing. Overall, it was a very good experience at this place and would come back again. Oh, there's a park and movie theater nearby where we caught the VS show.
Posted by P&D on 12/07/2007
Posted by dave on 03/14/2007
This is an amazing place PRICE/ATMOSPHERE and esp FOOD. Japanese are the best imitator and fusion artist. Japanese Italian food is better than Italian Italian. This is better than Capriciousa in Japan which is hard to beat. Caution it is Japanese style italian food but that's what make it sooo good. I've lived in Japan and this is a replica of the quality and care taken in Japan. Pricey for dinner but bargain for Lunch. For $18 you get a great minestrone soup (a clear broth with nice veggies including asparagus). Maybe not traditional ministrone but amazing soup. Next came a huge bowl of pasta. Had penne with vodka/bacon - yummy. What was awsome was the Tobiko and Shiso (beefsteak plant - herb). Sooooooooo good and pasta was perfect "Al Dante" Desert (capaccino ice cream with coffee or tea). If you wanted a meat add $5. Of course Japanese is cheaper as most lunch menus are rediculously cheap there ranging from 1000 to 1500 yen. Try this place it's better than traditional Italian such as Osso Bocco - Which is not so bad but very diff from this.